Monthly Archives: October 2013

10 Questions for Ileana Montalbetti

Canadian soprano Ileana Montalbetti has been one of the standouts in the new Canadian Opera Company production of Peter Grimes.  The Toronto Star’s review, for instance says “when we start to consider Ileana Montalbetti’s saintly Ellen Orford, we are in … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Cecilia Livingston

Known across Canada and the US for her vocal music, Cecilia Livingston is deeply involved in Toronto’s choral and opera communities, with a special focus on writing music for women’s voices. She looks forward to projects in 2014-2015 in collaboration … Continue reading

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Symbolist horror

What’s in a name? Sometimes we grab onto something in a name, think we know what we have, and miss something else through our assumptions.  We’re so enamoured for instance with the mystique of the rose, but we don’t usually … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Marshall Pynkoski

Marshall Pynkoski is one of Toronto’s greatest artists, even if he has been completely misunderstood.  Since its inception in 1985, Opera Atelier has been a kind of lightning rod in Toronto for the conversation about historically informed performance.  With co-artistic … Continue reading

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Cloudy with a chance of symbolism

It’s such a silly title that i couldn’t resist having some fun with it. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is the best children’s film I’ve seen in a very long time, one of those films full of lines & … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Beatriz Boizan

Considered “One of the brightest new lights in the classical world” (The Vancouver Sun), pianist Beatriz Boizán is admired for her vibrant personality, charismatic stage presence, unique musicianship and innate talent to deliver breathtakingly authentic innovative performances of Spanish and … Continue reading

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The Light in the Piazza

Out of town post #2 Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably were the reason I went to Niagara-on-the-Lake, but  once there I jumped at the chance to see the show I was most curious about at this year’s Shaw Festival, namely … Continue reading

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Rockstar of fabric & yarn

Out of town post #1 I spent two days in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  One can see Toronto from a marathon swimmer’s perspective (as we did after dark).  I took Brandon Mably & Kaffe Fassett down to show them the view.  It’s so … Continue reading

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Caird & Farley’s Conceptual Bohème

The Canadian Opera Company opened their 2013-2014 season tonight with Puccini’s La Bohème at the Four Seasons Centre.  It’s a new COC co-production with Houston Grand Opera & San Francisco Opera directed by John Caird & designed by David Farley. … Continue reading

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The New York City Opera is bankrupt. The GOP has put their foot down, so it’s not clear whether the USA is even open for business.  But that’s nothing.  Let’s talk about something really important. Hockey is showing signs that … Continue reading

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